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  • Woman, 47, accused of taking church funds

    KERSHAW " A woman has been charged with taking more than $137,000 from Kershaw First Baptist Church over the last few years.

    Brenda Marie Coates, 47, of 223 Youngs Bend Road, Kershaw, has been charged with 46 counts of forgery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Coates is accused of forging the checks between October 2007 and last month, according to an incident report. The checks totaled $137,297.22.

  • Mission team found trip inspiring

    A mission team from Flint Ridge Baptist Church recently visited Glenwood Heights Baptist Church to minister about their mission trip to Baja, Mexico, last year.  

    The team consisted of 12 youth and adults.

    Michael Anderson, youth minister at Flint Ridge Baptist in Heath Springs, and several team members shared testimonies of their experience. A slide show of pictures and video of the trip were shown.  

  • Local Republicans get more active

    Ryan Payne first became interested in politics about the time of the 2008 presidential election.  

    Still in high school and not yet old enough to vote, Payne wanted to learn more about what each political party had to offer. He watched both the Republican and Democratic primaries and the presidential debates with then U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain.

    After listening to both sides’ views on everything from government spending to health care, he decided to become involved in the Republican Party.

  • More benefits available to vets

    Local Vietnam War veterans will soon be eligible for additional benefits associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans will be able to file claims for benefits if they have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

    Ischemic heart disease includes several types of cardiovascular illnesses, which often result in heart attacks, said Robin Helms, Veterans Affairs officer for Lancaster County.

  • Police reports - April 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Firefighters and investigators responded to a suspicious car fire on Old Jefferson Highway in Kershaw on April 20.

    The report said the resident heard a loud popping sound about 1:10 a.m. and saw his two cars – a 2004 Ford F150 pickup and a 1999 Cadillac Seville – were on fire.

    The resident said he had recently been threatened by a man at a store in Fairfield County.

    Damage to the cars and the shed they were in was estimated at $25,000.

  • Annual event raises funds for rare disorder

    Donna White says losing her son was the worst thing that has ever happened in her life.

    Her son, Ryan McKinney, died four years ago from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder marked by periods of excessive sleep and altered behavior.

    Since his death, White, a Lancaster resident, has been heavily involved with the KLS Foundation ee" both nationally and on the local front.

    She said spreading awareness and supporting research efforts for the disorder have helped her cope with the grief.

  • Council splits on vote to rezone former night spot

    County Council members split last week on a vote to rezone a former nightclub building in Buford for use as a cabinet shop.

    The rezoning request is for the former B&W Club, a nightclub that opened in 1974 but has been closed for at least 10 years.

    The building is situated on 2.41 acres at 1526 Carnes Wilson Road, off S.C. 9 Bypass.

    McDonald Amusements owns the property, and Collins Realty, which made the rezoning request, is hoping to lease the property if the rezoning measure is approved.

  • Fired dispatcher to have hearing

    A former Lancaster Police Department dispatcher filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal her firing and will have a public hearing to make her case Monday.

    The city’s grievance committee, made up of city employees from various departments, will hear the case at 9 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    The hearing will consist of presentations by the police department and by the former dispatcher, Laverne Thompson.

  • TEA party movement to celebrate its first anniversary on Tax Day

    Lancaster County residents are invited Thursday to the one-year anniversary of the county’s TEA party movement.

    The TEA party begins at noon in the parking lot of the former Elrod Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership at 845 Lancaster Bypass East. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

    This is one of several TEA party events organized by residents who have been especially critical of taxes and government spending since Barack Obama became president in 2009.

    The event will feature conservative speakers Chad Connelly and Marvin Rogers.

  • Woman with rare liver disease seeking transplant in Florida

    Rhonda Powers is a huge Elvis Presley fan whose dream is to visit his former home, Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

    Powers could get to Tennessee in a single day, but major health problems have stymied any serious thoughts of taking such a trip.

    The Lancaster County resident was diagnosed last year with a liver disease called nonalcoholic steatphepatitis, or “NASH.” The rare condition is similar to alcohol liver disease, but affects people who drink little to no alcohol. The cause of NASH is unknown.